Plea to Spaniards to support British expat petition for dual nationality

In the first ever OP Spanish splash, the Olive Press makes a plea for Spaniards to support British expats

LAST UPDATED: 20 Jul, 2016 @ 12:34


Spanish needs you

To sign the petition click here

OVER 15,000 people have signed a petition to give British expats the right to joint nationality in Spain.

But we need your support to ensure we are allowed to continue working and living in your country.

We have chosen to live here and call Spain our home, while many of us have started businesses here and are now raising families.

On top of this, plenty of us have Spanish partners and speak your language, albeit often not perfectly.

We feel we contribute a lot to the local economy, particularly on the coast, and historically our links to Spain, via writers such as Paul Preston, Gerald Brenan and Laurie Lee, is massive.

Above all, we feel European and entirely opposed to Brexit, brought about by xenophobic campaigning and lies back home.

Yet we are the ones in the firing line… and the ones most likely to be affected by it.
We hope you understand our plight that leaves us in limbo and could make us ineligible to work.

Your minister Senor Margallo has said as much.

In the UK, a Spaniard can get joint citizenship after five years – a fact ironically known by Margallo whose own son, based in London, has recently applied.

So we are asking, hoping – even pleading – that you come to our aid and help us when we most need it.

A few local mayors and dignitaries have already come out and said it. Now we need everyone to help.

It is fitting that our appeal should come exactly 80 years since the start of the civil war, in which thousands of young British volunteers lost their lives.

Why? Because they believed passionately about Spain. And so do we.

We add to the rich fabric of your country. We love it here and don’t want to go home.

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  1. What’s all this “we” business? I am not “entirely opposed to Brexit”. Don’t you think this article, addressing Spaniards, should be written in Spanish??

  2. Who is Senor Margallo?
    The other point is this – after ten years residency, you can apply for Spanish nationality (or five years if you are from South America, or one year if you marry a Spaniard, or half an hour if you are a world ranking sportsman)